Philippines Flooding Update: 125,000 Affected by Tropical Storm Washi, CRS and Caritas Philippines Responding

December 18, 2011 by

As of Sunday, December 18, the death toll from flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi is 652, with over 800 more people still missing. The most severe flash flooding was concentrated in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in the province of Mindanao. More than 50,000 people are living in evacuation centers and 125,000 people were affected by the fast-moving floodwaters. The New York Times, AP and Reuters are covering the story as events unfold.

CRS is coordinating with the government, Caritas Philippines, Xavier University and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. Archbishop Tony Ledesma is playing an important role in facilitating cooperation between non-profits and the government in the flood response. CRS will have further information about people’s immediate needs after assessments on Sunday and Monday.

Country Representative Joe Curry will join CRS staff already on the ground in Cagayan de Oro on Monday. He is available for media interviews. Media contact: Jen Hardy.


  1. Mirza Blubaugh says:

    I would like to donate to the victims of Typhoon Washi in the Philippines. How can I make sure that the donation I give will be used towards this cause and not the other causes of CRS? Thanks.

    • jrivera says:

      Thank you for your question. Catholic Relief Services makes every effort possible to honor donor intent. It is part of our pledge to you as a donor, listed in our Pledge to Donors on our website:

      “Use all donations for the purposes for which they were given.”

      Only in a very rare case, when all the needs in a particular emergency have been met, will we use a donation for another purpose. But in the case of an emergency in the Philippines,the donation will most likely be used for work in the Philippines, or for a disaster in a nearby country.